Hands-on, industry-relevant skills
This program is specifically focused on the fitting of contact lenses. You’ll be introduced to the art and science of contact lens fit, design, care and management of both soft and hard lenses. We will also discuss specialty lenses and examine required follow-up procedures.
This clinical consists of on-the-job training, which will allow you to practice what you’ve learned under the direct supervision of a practicing contact lens practitioner, optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Upon completion of the program, you will receive a NAIT certificate that will provide proof of your advanced competency with contact lenses.
You can apply to our Optical Sciences Contact Lenses Certificate program by completing the application package linked below and sending it directly to the Optical Sciences Program Office by email or fax.
- Download the Contact Lens Program 2019/20 (pdf); complete the form.
- Send the completed form to our office by fax or email.
If your application is successful, the program office with provide you with further application instructions.
View our program FAQs
Do not apply through the Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS) until our program grants you conditional acceptance and instructs you to do so.
Canadian residents outside Alberta
If you are a Canadian resident outside of Alberta, please contact the Opticians Association of Canada. Canadian residents outside of Alberta do not apply through the Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). If you apply in error, the application fee cannot be refunded.
Please note that this program can only accept persons already employed in the Optical field. As such, any foreign national wanting to be admitted into this program must hold a valid work permit issued by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
There are three valid work permit categories:
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Eligible foreign nationals may be issued a work permit issued on the basis of a valid labor market impact assessment (LMIA).
- International Experience Canada (IEC): Eligible participants in the IEC program may obtain a work permit without having to apply for an LMIA. If the participant is not able to secure authorization to work for more than one year in Canada, then the participant is responsible for securing additional authorization to work in Canada through other IRCC work permit programs.
- Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP): Eligible participants may obtain a work permit after graduating from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution without having to apply for an LMIA.
Since, by definition, distance learning does not require one to be in Canada, IRRC will not issue study permits or Co-Op work permits for this program.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact us: